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Equipping Young Adults for Real World Success


LifeSmartADDRESSING THE NEED

Dennis Trittin founded LifeSmart Publishing to help address the life skills deficit hindering today’s younger generation. Observation and research suggests this looming crisis is rooted in several cultural and institutional forces:

    1. increasing fragmentation of family life
    2. immature or absent parenting
    3. schools viewing character/life skills as the domain of parents and therefore focusing primarily on traditional subject matter; parents incorrectly assume schools are fully covering key life subjects (e.g., finance)
    4. inadequate youth employment opportunities
    5. harmful cultural messages from the media and entertainment industries

The end result is that our society is producing a generation of young adults largely unprepared to negotiate life, develop and maintain healthy life-long relationships, demonstrate honorable and effective leadership, build stable households, and succeed in a--- Read More
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Our Top Ten Parenting Goals for the School Year: Part Two

9/19/2017 1:18:24 PM

Last week, we shared the first five of our top ten parenting goals for the year. Here’s a recap:   Equip and empower for independence Develop soft skills and professionalism Invest in your relationship Build a strong work ethic Quash any sense of entitlement   We hope you took some quality time to consider how you’re doing and ways to improve. As imperfect parents, we can all do better. So in that spirit, let’s review the remaining five:   6.&nb--- Read More
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Our Top Ten Parenting Goals for the School Year: Part One

9/11/2017 11:44:24 PM

Last week, we challenged students to set fresh new goals to jumpstart the school year. Goals that would enrich their lives and build valuable leadership skills. Now, dads and moms, it’s your turn! We can always up our games, too.   As we at LifeSmart evaluate the trends among today’s teens and young adults—the success stories and the struggles—we can often correlate the results to parenting effectiveness. No, we are not in control of our children’s success,--- Read More
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The Most Important Lesson For This School Year?

9/1/2017 6:50:23 PM

In a world consumed with constant distractions and multitasking, it seems like we’re becoming more like bumblebees—paying short visits to one flower after another. We’ve never faced “incoming” like this before, and it’s affecting our attention spans, stress levels, and ultimately, our productivity.   So, how can we help our children navigate this noisy world where they’re being pulled in so many directions?   In my years of evaluating leade--- Read More
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Get in the Game to Access Your Career

8/28/2017 12:45:21 AM

Two college graduates found themselves in the same, all-to-common, predicament. They received their degrees and assumed, like many, that the job offers would flow their way. Unfortunately, they didn’t.   I’m sure you’ve heard similar stories… especially with graduates whose degrees don’t naturally connect to specific careers. To these grads, it’s been surprising, confusing, and frustrating. Sadly, neither college prepared them for how to access the job--- Read More
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Learn How to Master the Art of Marketing Yourself

8/23/2017 12:29:37 AM

Let’s face it. Most of us are not natural born salespeople. We generally prefer to go about our business, stay inside our comfort zone, and hope that others will automatically recognize our greatness on their own! Unfortunately, it usually doesn’t work out that way.   In order to land that perfect job or win that prized promotion over others, you must persuade others that you are the answer! You must know how to confidently talk about yourself, your skills, and why you are a b--- Read More
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3 Tips to Preserve Your (Precious) Reputation

8/15/2017 2:03:11 PM

 What is a prized possession you can never get back once you lose it?    The answer is your reputation.   At some point in your life, your values will be challenged and possibly even ridiculed by others. It’s crucial to talk about this now, with the beginning of the college school year upon us. Why? It’s especially common in the years after high to face situations that test your values, integrity, and ability to stand up to peer pressure. It can be a difficult tim--- Read More
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The 3 P's For Success

8/5/2017 1:33:53 PM

Doesn’t it feel like summer just started? Well, as much as we all hate to admit it, school will be starting before we know it. And for many young people, that means their first year of college is on the horizon. It’s why this week, we want to focus on studying—specifically, studying for optimum success in college/university!   It’s crucial to keep in mind that college academics are harder—much harder—than in high school. Papers are longer, expectations --- Read More
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Crisis Decision Making 101

7/29/2017 12:46:12 PM

It used to be that when I was upset, I either made a rash decision or said something I would later regret. I remember having to go back and clean up my messes or apologize for saying something out-of-line. Being impulsive in the heat of the moment never worked in my favor.   I may have learned it the hard way, but eventually I figured it out. The fact is, we don’t think as clearly when we’re in a highly emotional state (whether we are feeling angry, frustrated, overwhelmed, et--- Read More
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6 Conversations to Have Before Your Teen Leaves Home

7/24/2017 11:56:03 PM

As summer draws to a close and the school year starts up again, change is in the air. Many of us have children who are about to leave our homes and head off to college or the workforce for the first time. Many people are uncomfortable with change, especially big ones like this! They don’t know how things will turn out and sometimes fear the worst. That’s too bad—because change can be incredibly positive (for parents AND children).   This year’s recent high school g--- Read More
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Our Best Success Pointer, Ever? You Be the Judge!

7/17/2017 6:08:26 PM

When I wrote What I Wish I Knew at 18, I had no idea which specific pointer might resonate most with readers. After all, each of my 109 life success pointers had its own reason, place, and value. I’m often asked which is the most important one of all. I have tremendous difficulty answering this question, and I wrote the book!   To my surprise, though, one pointer seems to be resonating most of all, especially with those who are using our student guides with kids. Any guesses? It&rsq--- Read More
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5 Ways to Help Teens Build Self Awareness

7/9/2017 11:57:32 PM

“It takes courage...to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.” –Marianne Williamson   Regardless of your family or career role, you probably know some teenagers you’d like to see thrive. And what is one key character trait that generally leads to a happy, healthy, and successful adult life? Unfortunately, one that often takes a back seat as we navigate the busy--- Read More
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